Free Membership: Frequently Asked Questions

In 2017, UMMA is transitioning to a system of free membership. 

Learn more about this exciting change on our News page.

Why are you making membership free? 

As the cultural heart of the University of Michigan, UMMA is open and accessible to all. We are now extending UMMA’s inclusive free admission philosophy to free Museum membership.UMMA Free Membership provides Museum visitors with ongoing opportunities to deeply engage in the arts and become stakeholders in the Museum’s future. Rather than paying membership dues, we ask you to consider making a gift to UMMA once a year instead. These donations are 100% tax deductible and directly support UMMA exhibitions and programs.

How do I sign up for free membership?

To join the UMMA Free Membership program, please visit our Membership page and fill out the web form.

What information do I have to provide to become an UMMA Free Member?

To sign up for free membership we ask that you provide your current contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail. You can opt out of mailings and emails, but you’ll miss information on free member events and promotions as well as insider information on UMMA’s exhibitions and programs. 

I’m having difficulty signing up. Whom can I contact?

Please contact Laura Yoo at or 734.647.2064.

Can my spouse/partner be part of my membership?

Yes! When you sign up for UMMA Free Membership online, you will have the ability to add a second member.

I am already a member. What will happen to my membership now that it is free?

  1. Your current benefits are in place until your membership expires. Once your current paid membership expires, we will transition your membership to the new UMMA Free Membership program and direct your next gift to the UMMA Enrichment Fund (or another UMMA fund of your choosing).
  2. All UMMA Free Members that make an annual contribution of $100 or more will receive free reciprocal admission to museums participating in the North American Reciprocal Membership (NARM) and Michigan Reciprocal Museums Program. Donors who make gifts of $100 or more will receive a reciprocal membership card to use at other participating museums. 
  3. All UMMA Free Members receive free reciprocal admission at College and University Art Museum (CUAM) institutions.   
  4. All UMMA Free Members will receive 20% off purchases at the UMMA Store, in-person or online — more than double the previous membership discount!
  5. All UMMA Free Members will receive a free subscription to the UMMA magazine and calendar. 

How long does my membership last?

UMMA Free Memberships do not expire. If you would like to cancel your free membership please email

Prior to free membership, I had a Curators’ Circle - Director’s Circle - Benefactor’s Circle - Patron’s Circle membership. How will I be recognized now that all memberships are free?

Donors who make gifts of $500 or more will still receive invitations to special events, including the Curators’ Circle Brunch and UMMA After Hours VIP reception. Donors who make gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on the Donor Board in the Museum’s Vertical Gallery and will receive invitations to additional special events, including the Director’s Circle Dinner. 

What reciprocal membership benefits do I receive?

UMMA now offers all Free Members reciprocal admission to College and University Art Museum (CUAM) participants. To receive free admission to participating museums in the North American Reciprocal Membership (NARM) and Michigan Reciprocal Museums Program, donors must make an annual gift of $100 or more.

CUAM Benefits:
Complimentary admission to over 50 participating museums. View the list of CUAM museums.

NARM Benefits:
NARM grants free member admission to members during regular museum hours, member discounts at museum shops, and the option for discounts on concert or lecture tickets to more than 750 museums nationwide. See the list of NARM museums.

Michigan Reciprocal Museums Program Benefits:
The Michigan Reciprocal Museums Program grants free admission to: Art Center of Battle Creek, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit), Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills), Dennos Museum (Traverse City), Detroit Institute of Arts, Ella Sharp Museum of Art History (Jackson), Flint Institute of Arts, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Krasl Art Center (St. Joseph), Broad Art Museum (East Lansing), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Muskegon Museum of Art, The DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University (Marquette), the Saginaw Art Museum and the Alden B. Dow Museum (Midland)

Can I direct my annual contribution to a specific priority at the Museum? 

Yes!  You can choose one of the three following areas to support:

  • UMMA Enrichment Fund (328553)
  • Exhibition Support (362451)
  • Educational and Community Programming (365868)

If you would like to support another area at the Museum, please contact Justin Reash at 734.647.3132 or

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! All contributions to UMMA are fully tax deductible. 

Become an UMMA Free Member

Support UMMA by becoming a member, and enjoy exhibition and event updates, along with other benefits.